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Jeremy Deller, Father and Son, 2021, time-based sculptural installation, wax, wood, wick and flame. Comissioned by ACCA. Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute, Glasgow. Photo: Christian Capurro.

Jeremy Deller: Father and Son

20 Nov 2021
- 22 Nov 2020

Surely one of the best works of the year: Artist #JeremyDeller @jeremydeller just finished Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne @acca_melbourne - a 24-hour ritual public burning - and purging from the collective metaphysical body - of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch.

Jerry Saltz, Instagram

From midday to midnight in the (once Anglican, now deconsecrated) St Saviour’s Church of Exiles in Melbourne’s Collingwood, Australia’s most bemoaned media baron and his eldest son were set alight. Staged by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), UK-based artist Jeremy Deller’s Father and Son returned Melbourne-born Rupert Murdoch to his birthplace along with his son, Lachlan. Instead of flesh and bone, the media mogul and his heir-apparent appeared as life-size unscented grey candles. The identities of the wax figures were more obvious to some than others—granted they did look a bit like the artist-duo Gilbert and George—with no material released by ACCA or Deller identifying the melting bodies.

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